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We know that fear and stress lower our resistance and immune response. Hitting the roof with fear with every tick bite opens the door to infection, I truly believe that.  How do we begin to shift that fear? When we know stories, we know people, perhaps we have been infected ourselves?

Start with your reaction. Move to your thoughts. Change your words. Make a choice.

Change- “Oh my god! It’s a tick! I hope i don’t have Lyme disease!” Fear. Panic. Adrenaline rush. Stress, manically saving the tick, sending it out for diagnostic tests.

to

“Oh, I/my child picked up a tick. ” Observe what’s actually in front of you. Don’t project into the future. Note the severity of the bite- does it detach with gentle pulling? is it engorged? Save it *if need be.* Pull out your Ledum and tick-bite dosing protocol. Be proactive, and observe.

Don’t even think Lyme disease. There’s no Lyme disease yet. It’s a tick bite. There’s no disease until there are symptoms.

And that protocol? here you go:

Treatment for a tick that has latched on, but there’s no engorgement and comes off quite easily with gentle pulling, and likely has been on for a couple hours.  

If you pull the tick off, there would be very little reaction- little to no swelling or redness.
Give/Take 2 doses of Ledum 30c within 12 hours. One dose = 2-3 pellets. Age doesn’t matter- this goes for children or adults. Monitor the bite site. If there’s a local reaction, you can re-dose the Ledum 30c daily. Stop if the reaction exacerbates. Stop if any additional symptoms – fever, headache, achiness etc.- develop and contact provider of choice.

 

Treatment for a tick that is clearly engorged, is very difficult to pull off and has likely been latched on for many hours or days.

Give a single dose of Ledum 1M (you can purchase from an online pharmacy, it is not generally sold in stores).

 have found this will immediately help bring down swelling and tenderness, though the site will begin to itch and continue to itch for several days to over a week.
If the swelling returns or redness, you can follow the 1M with 30c as needed. The itching doesn’t tend to respond to the Ledum, you can use Urtica urens (homeopathically prepared stinging nettle) in 30c to help if needed.  Again if local symptoms exacerbate or additional symptoms- fever, headache, achiness- develop, contact care provider.
The Ledum is stimulating the body to effectively respond to the bite; which may in turn also neutralize the Lyme bacteria and prevent the development of an infection.  This is the same principle by which you give someone with a high fever Belladonna; the remedy stimulates the body in its response to whatever infection or stimuli is causing the fever, often enabling the immune system to complete its work, without moving into a full-blown illness be it cough, flu, croup, etc.
I think its important to emphasize that Ledum is treating the *tick bite* not Lyme disease. There is no Lyme disease when you get a tick bite. Yes, it *may* develop. And you *may* get the flu from someone at the grocery store. But, you might not.
This is part of changing your mindset. We need to sever the cord of tick = Lyme always. 
Be proactive about your tick bites. Stay observant of your symptoms, and educated about what to take further action on.
Having a Ledum protocol gives me great peace of mind, and I hope that it helps you too, feel more empowered and proactive.